Guwahati: Union Jal Shakti minister, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, flayed the dismal show of West Bengal and Chhattisgarh in implementing the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) and raised concern in providing pure drinking water to households. Despite being a non-BJP ruled state, he praised Telangana for being one of the top performers in the Union government’s flagship programme, JJM. Shekhawat was speaking to the media during a conference with the public health engineering department ministers to review the progress of the JJM and Swachh Bharat Mission — Grameen (SBMG) here on Monday.
“Haryana and Telangana have achieved 100% (in tap water coverage under JJM). Bihar, where we have a coalition government, is on the verge of achieving that feat. Punjab also achieved 99.2%. But there are several underperforming states which are going below the national average of 48%. West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Rajasthan are the states which are lagging far behind the national average,” said Shekhawat.
He, however, complimented the northeastern states for gaining the momentum in record time. There are a total of 43,668 villages in the northeast of which 6,798 have become Har Ghar Jal.


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